Review: Wanda Vision


Savannah Andrews, Staff Reporter

Disney+’s new sitcom in the Marvel universe, and phase four (A group of Marvel superhero movies and tv shows base on how the comics were released), the first two episodes were released to the public (anyone with a Disney Plus subscription) on January 15, 2021, and is currently not all released yet, and still being released weekly. It starts with Wanda played by Elizabeth Olsen and Vision played by Paul Bettany, in a 50’s style sitcom also in reference to television shows of that decade. As new episodes are being released each new episode relates to a new decade and references a few television shows of that decade, also a few references from other marvel movies are thrown in there as well, like Stark industries, and Hydra. Even though the first few episodes are a bit confusing, no one really knows what is going on, fans who stuck with it are eventually rewarded in the fourth episode ‘We Interrupt This Program,’ where many of our questions are starting to be answered, not all, but this episode helps us to understand what it is that we are watching.

This sitcom is really something very new to the Marvel universe, it’s not their normal kind of content, although this series as well as all the Marvel movies and tv shows were based on the comics written mostly by Stan Lee, WandaVision was not based on one particular comic, but multiple and was recreated not exactly how the comics were written. After the couple married in 1975 in the Avengers comics, a new mini-series starring Wanda and Vision was written in 1982, where they lived their simple life together, and eventually became parents to two boys (William and Thomas). In 1989 John Byrne wrote a new story called “Vision Quest” that unraveled their life and took a turn for the worst, in this comic Vision was seen as a threat and was dismantled and destroyed, although he was put together by Hank Pym he no longer had an emotional attachment to his wife or kids, here Wanda also realized her children weren’t real and were created by her power. Other comics were written about the two such as Tom King’s “The Vision,” and all of them were used in the creation of WandaVision.

In this series, we are met with some familiar faces, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) who previously was introduced in Thor, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) introduced in Captian Marvel, and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) from Ant-Man and the Wasp. As mentioned before the first three episodes don’t give us much to go at first, but if you stick with it, the pieces of the WandaVision puzzle will snap into place, but despite the beginning confusion, and that this show is only available to watch with a Disney plus subscription, the first two episodes released according to data from Samba TV, were watched by 1.6 million different households in the first four days of release. In the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) fandom’s anticipation of this show, the hype has drawn in viewers who wouldn’t always watch Marvel movies, this fact has helped to boost viewers and ratings, although I would recommend watching at least a few Marvel movies before this mostly for the easter eggs hidden throughout the show. This is a limited mini-series with only nine episodes coming out, the last one being released on March 5th.